Whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap. — Bible
To make our comparison between the old and new thought, we must begin with the old. We have been taught that by sowing was meant the way we lived externally. If we did wrong, lived wrong, we would certainly reap punishment. On the other hand, if we lived right, did right, we would receive our reward. It was all in the doing. We could indulge in violent temper, be exacting to our families, be sarcastic, and yet our friends excused it all because we led moral lives and were church members. It was all in the doing. Now, on the other hand, in the new thought, what are we taught?
Whatsoever we sow, we shall reap. Where do we sow? It is not in the external, but in mind. Now, again, whatsoever we sow in mind we also reap. You see this has a new meaning to us. Then what are we sowing, either good or wrong thoughts? It must be one or the other, for we are constantly sowing. When we think a truth, we have sown a good that we will certainly reap. We cannot help it. We made the cause good, and the effect must be like the cause. So much for ourselves individually. We are also told that some seed sown fell by the wayside, some on stony ground, and some in good ground. Can we not see how this relates to our endeavor to help others? The mind that is egoistical, self-satisfied, certainly is “stony ground.” The mind which seems to hear, but does not, is the wayside; and the thought of truth is devoured by the fowls of the air,—other thoughts, which seem of more importance. They eat up the thought of truth given. But, when the seed falls upon the good ground, it brings forth good fruit. This is the mind which is open, receptive, childlike.
The world belongs to me because I understand it. —Balzac
Is this not a great truth? It belongs to us only to the extent that we understand it. I would use universe instead of world, for it is unlimited. How much do we understand? We are beginning to realize how little. All our cut-and-dried theories are of small importance. We have each one of us to find the line of truth which runs through and connects all. We must do this for ourselves.
We are really building for ourselves a larger universe each day; for, as our understanding develops, we have a larger realization. So everything belongs to us as soon as we understand it.
A fine painting, beautiful music, a grand landscape, humanity,—these are ours through understanding. We gain understanding by living in a childlike spirit of love. This attitude of mind opens all things to us. Let us learn to understand, and not to criticize.